Photo by Brandon Main
Mount Vernon’s Taylor Gregory (33) tries to block the shot of Olentangy’s Christina Baumann (3) during their game Friday at Olentangy. Helping out on the play is Mount Vernon’s Rachel Parks. The Braves rolled to a 56-34 Ohio Capital Conference victory.
LEWIS CENTER — The Mount Vernon girls basketball team has used a tenacious defense to disrupt its opponents all year. The fierce, attacking style of play had led to 18 straight wins and an opportunity to wrap up the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title.
But, the Yellow Jackets found out what it was like from the other side of the floor Friday, as host Olentangy used a quick, attacking defense to stifle the Jackets and pull out a 56-34 victory.
“They seemed to be really, really quick. They were very disruptive defensively on us,” said Mount Vernon coach Doug Savage. “They had quick hands and if we were able to get the ball inside, they had two or three swarm to the ball quickly. I thought their defense was really tremendous.”
The half-court pressure defense of the Braves (14-6 overall, 12-1 OCC) forced Mount Vernon (18-2, 12-1) into an uncharacteristic 25 turnovers on the night. The Jackets also made just 14 of 37 shots from the field (37.8 percent) and just 2 of 10 from beyond the three-point arc.
“It started with their perimeter pressure. They gave our guards fits. There was never an open lane to get the ball inside and we didn’t get many good looks at the basket,” Savage said. “When we were able to penetrate, they were quick to help and got some deflections on our dribble. When we did get it inside, we couldn’t even get turned around and face the basket without someone there.”
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